Judd Trump excited for 'dream' World Snooker Championship final against Ronnie O'Sullivan

After surviving a Mark Williams comeback to book his spot in the final, Judd Trump hailed his 'hero' Ronnie O'Sullivan, and is excited to face his idol in a blockbuster finale.

It's now confirmed that Judd Trump and Ronnie O'Sullivan will go head-to-head in the Snooker World Championship final, with O'Sullivan looking for a record seventh title.

Meanwhile, Trump is vying for a second World Championship title of his own after winning the trophy back in 2019.

But also on the line for Sunday's final is a handy £500,000 prize and the world number one spot, with Trump and O'Sullivan both in contention to go top with the win.

It's got the makings to be an all-time classic, and Trump has already expressed his excitement at meeting O'Sullivan on the big stage.

"It's always been a dream of mine to play Ronnie in the final. There have been times I didn't think it would happen, but now it's here," said Trump.

"Ronnie was a hero of mine growing up, and he's already the best player that's ever lived, but I think he wants to confirm it by winning a seventh title. He tries to play it down, but I think he's more determined than ever.

"In the past he could lose his head or play absolutely shocking, but now he is so consistent, he doesn't play any rash shots. I don't think I can get away with playing at the level I have so far in this tournament to have a chance."

Trump had to battle hard to book his spot in the final, with Mark Williams pushing him all the way in their semi-final clash.

Having taken a dominant 12-5 lead early on, Williams launched a late comeback and even took a 16-15 lead as he threatened to complete one of the greateste fightbacks of all time.

However, Trump managed to regain his composure after falling behind and produced two stunning frames as the Crucible gave the duo a standing ovation.

"I just tried to stay positive," added Trump. "I was still enjoying it and there was nothing really I could do - my long shots weren't going in but I had no other shot so I had to keep going for them.

"This feels like a free shot because I wasn't expecting anything of myself. I feel like I'm getting closer to the feeling I had (in the 2019 final). I feel like my best is close now, and I'm feeling positive."

Trump and O'Sullivan's showpiece is scheduled to start at 14:00 BST on Sunday afternoon, with four separate sessions expected to conclude on Monday evening.

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